D-Day soldier from East Lambrook killed in Normandy
Adrian Osborne Malcolm-King : Captain 95268 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers
Adrian O.Malcolm-King was an only child of parents Eric and Violet King. Eric was in the navy from a young age and rose to become a Naval Commander, having served in the First World War. He and Violet were married in 1914, and Adrian was born in 1919 – he was their only child. The family moved several times due to Eric’s naval career.
They came to live in Lambrook House, East Lambrook, Somerset. Violet King is shown in the photograph – we have not yet found any images of Adrian or his father.
By 1920 Eric was working in Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty in London. He had diplomatic status, which we know from the passenger log of S.S.Mauritania. This records Adrian as a baby travelling to New York with his nurse in 1920, under diplomatic status.
Adrian joined the army before the Second World War started. His original unit was the 6th Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. He was later posted to be second in command of B Company, 6th Battalion, Kings Own Scottish Borderers – on 29th July 1944. Both regiments fought side by side in the Battle of Normandy following the D-Day beach landings on 6th June 1944.
The 6th Bn Royal Scotts Fusiliers and the 6th Bn Kings Own Scottish Borderers had landed on Queen Beach on 6 June 1944 – one of the beaches in the British Sword Sector. They fought in the area around Caen until the Nazis capitulated on July 9.
In early August, as they were moving inland, they encountered heavy German resistance around Estry. On 8 August German artillery stormed Estry, to prevent the Allies from entering the town. The battle ended in this area on 13 August, when the Germans pulled back.
Adrian was caught up in the fighting around Estry and in the chaos, there was some confusion about his whereabouts.
This advert was placed in The Times newspaper on the 17th August by his parents.
The War Office on 15 August 1944 reported Adrian as “missing” in its casualty list. On 26 August they reported him as “wounded and missing believed prisoner of war”. On 29 September they reported him as “died of wounds”.
Adrian was originally buried in Estry, France and the date of death is 8 August 1944. He was reburied in Bayeux War Cemetery, Calvados, France in 1946, when graves were brought in from scattered places and consolidated in main cemeteries. He lies in Grave No.XXV.A.2.
His mother Violet died in 1948, aged 63. His father Eric remarried in 1950 and moved to Eastbourne.
All the information and images for this post have been found through research in public archives, as there are no family members living locally. If you have any further information or photographs relating to Adrian O Malcolm-King, please contact us.